All You Need to Know About Insecticides

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There are a variety of pesticides that have been produced to protect you and your family from pests and among these pesticides, insecticides is probably the most commonly used by homeowners. This is, of course, because insects will outrank most common house pests. Some of the peskiest home invaders can include cockroaches, ants, bed bugs, fleas, flies, and etc. These are all of which you may unfortunately be too familiar with. There is good news for us though. There are professional grade insect killers provided to the general public that can get rid of these critters from invading your house.

One can define an insecticide as a poison or chemical that is used to control insects. A person can actually control insects in a variety of ways which include actually killing them on contact, repelling insects, and with today’s technology, there are even better breakthroughs that can prevent the reproduction of insects with an insecticide known as an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). Even amongst insecticides though, there are different classes or types, variety of formulations, multitudes of active ingredients, and even accurate modes of protection. All these varieties are used in a specified manner so that a homeowner can directly target a specific insect. Do not fret though. It’s not as hard as it sounds. With the help of any licensed professional, you can easily get rid of insects with the right insect killer. Moreover, there is an insecticide that can be applied to all different locations. Also, because you are ultimately protecting your family and house, many insecticides that are professional grade are safe when used correctly and come with all the necessary directions and labels for the most effective and safe application.

Many professional pest control technicians will separate insecticides into different groups. Although they all are produced to do just one thing, get rid of insects, insecticides are grouped separately by different methods of killing or by what materials are used to make the insecticide. Some of the most common classifications of insecticides that are made available to the public are contact kill insecticides, systemic insecticides, organic insecticides, inorganic insecticides, and also natural insecticides. Just like its name, contact insect killers will kill bugs on contact. This classification is the largest and broadest of all insecticides and will come in a variety of formulations as well. Systemic insecticides are actually quite unique however. Instead of killing the insect on contact, the insecticide is ingested. To be more specific, the insecticide is absorbed by the plants and is ingested by the insect as they are feeding. Finally, natural insecticides, organic insecticides and inorganic insecticides are classified not by how they kill the bug, but by what materials are used to make the insect. Natural insecticides are actually made from plant materials and will include such natural ingredients like pyrethrum or nicotine. Organic insecticides differ from natural insecticides in that they are derived from living materials and are made of such ingredients like plant oils and fatty acids. And lastly, inorganic insecticides are insecticides that are made from man-made materials like metals or a variety of compounds and include such insecticides like boric acid or diatomaceous earth.

Even with all the different classifications of insecticides, they can be further narrowed with the formulation and even the active ingredient that is used to make them. A formulation of the insecticide is simply the form of the insect control product. These include such formulations like aerosol sprays, dust products, gels, granule products, and etc. Not one formulation is necessarily less effective than the other. Also, one active ingredient may be found in several different formulations of insecticides. However, the formulation that is used may prove to be more effective and thorough in specific target areas around the home or business structure. By understanding the unique characteristics of each insecticide formulation, you may be able to target an insect with the most efficiency. Another way classified insecticides are furthermore narrowed or grouped is by the active ingredient. One of the most important things to acknowledge before purchasing just any insecticide may be the active ingredient. Insecticides may be composed of one or even a few active ingredients. The active ingredient is the key element in which will give the insecticide its power and by law, active ingredients are always listed on the product label. The most important thing about understanding active ingredients is that one active ingredient may be more effective in killing a specific target pest than the other.

Although it seems complex and there may be a flood of insecticide information forming in your brain, it is actually quite simple because there are professionals out there are that trained to help you! However, keep in mind that it is important to understand insecticides before applying them including the different classifications, what they’re made of, and in what formulations they are available in. Although it is not your intention, the misuse of a insect control product can lead to dangerous situations. By understanding all these different components to insecticides, you will not only protect yourself, your family, and your home from insects, but you will most importantly prevent misuse of the products and will ultimately protect your family from potentially harmful chemicals and poisons as well.

Written by Enzo Pavard

Enzo Pavard

Enzo Pavard is an expert in the destruction of harmful insects in Harlan, Kentucky He has 2 patents in rodent breeding and the owner of his cleaning company. He is married, has 2 children, and in his spare time he plays golf and is fond of archery.